It all started with the fish when the innovative shapers and board builders out there decided to revisit the past for some inspiration. In doing so they brought back some lost skills such as resin tints and hand foiled fins.The Fish Fry has been a place for these fine craftsmen to showcase their skills. We have seen some amazing boards as shapers have pushed the boundaries over the last few years. As this new look at the fish has evolved to its many forms, it has influenced other shapes and designs along the way.This has spawned a renewed interest in other board forms by this same group and a wider following.Notably the Mini Simmons, Hulls, old school Logs and Pigs. It is pleasing to note that there are an increasing number of people building their own boards as well.All of this is to be applauded and celebrated as a positive for surfing.So it is only natural that these shapers and board builders continue to share their skills with us and include these other shapes at the Fish Fry.It has truly become a melting pot of ideas for like minded people.

The Board Room is on this weekend

Manufacturers, shapers, designers descend on Del Mar for packed show with exhibits, demos and the industries finest surfboards

Del Mar, Ca., May 11, 2015 -- -- The Boardroom International Surfboard Show will honor Gerry Lopez during the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off presented by US Blanks. The Boardroom, a consumer show bringing together the surf manufacturing industry, takes place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this weekend (May 14 & 15).
"It seems my life has always been closely connected with surfboards as well as surfboard design. I am thrilled to be an Icons of Foam honoree," said Gerry Lopez. "The list of past honorees is legendary. To be included with the likes of Diff and RB is really cool, as well as very humbling, since both were mentors to me when I started building my own boards."

Six shapers in the shape-off compeition: Roger Hinds (two-time defending champion), Timmy Patterson, Ward Coffey, Ron House, Pat Rawson, and Ryan Lovelace will be asked to replicate a classic Lopez design within the 1.5 hour time allotment.

In addition THE BOARDROOM will feature exhibits and demos:

Glassing/Laminating demos presented by industry stalwarts Douglas Surf Products a division of Revchem Composites; Emcee Greg Mungall

Young Guns of Shaping presented by US Blanks features 15 year old Zack Flores, 14 year old Koby Gilchrist and 15 year old Trevor Anderberg.

The SURFER Talks featuring discussion about Kelly’s Wave, WSL’s Future, El Nino’s Wake, Greenough’s Edge Board, and a QnA with Gerry Lopez.

Best In Show Big Wave Guns presented by Bubble Gum Surf Wax; an exhibit honoring the El Nino winter of 2016 and forward look at boards from the never ending quest for mammoth swells and heroic individuals.

DIY How-to-Shape lessons presented by US Blanks and featuring expert direction from Shaper Studios and Foam E-Z.

Art by visionaries Matt Beard, Nathan Gibbs, Wade Koniakowsky, Sarah Broome, Chris Allen and Michael Lennicx.

Guitar and Ukulele Luthiers – handcrafted instruments made by surfers for surfers, featuring San Diego’s finest luthiers including Pepe Romero Jr., Ken Minasian, Mark Hudson, Hank Johnson, Jeff Scott, Jack Stone, & Pat Hurley.

Vintage Surf Swap (SUNDAY only) – bring two of your pre-1995 boards for trade, sale or barter. Expert appraisals by Randy Rarick and Dan Pincetich.
Video premier with Mason Ho “License to Chill” …LOST surfboards presents Mason Ho and Cheeseburger cutting loose and having fun.

Plenty of surfboards and schwag giveaways including MANDA Organic Sunscreen booth I-7 offering a 5’ 4” Mannkine Chumlee, fins, traction, leash and stuff from REEF, Stance and others. XTR JHP surfboard booth D-2; JS Industries at the Bubble Gum Surf Wax insta selfie contest; COLT surfboards booth I-21; Early Bird Christenson Surfboard drawing for the first 200 paid through the door on Saturday morning, a SUPER Brand at the booth K-8. Plus, plenty of other freebies and samples being handed out.

A surfboard demo morning at 15th St. in Del Mar Sunday May 15 from 7am-10am. Featuring boards by Firewire, Tomo, Slater Designs, Machado Designs, G&S, Sole Handplanes, Future Fins, Colt Surfboards, Vulcan surfboards, Earth Technologies, Ryan Harris Shapes, Wax Surf Co.

Great deals on surfboards, fins, wetsuits and gear from a packed hall with over 165 booths.

Saturday 10am -6pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

Tickets, schedule and info at
Online $10 or $15 for both days
Onsite $15 or $20 for both days